Photos of Japan in late 19th century, produced by Italian photographer Adolfo Farsari [wiki], who arrived in Japan in 1873 and built a successful commercial photography business. Hat tip to LabaQ [Jp] and Rocketnews [En].
A summary about Kim Jong-un, the North Korean supreme leader who took over the reign from his father who passed away in 2011. Coming from CNN I expected the video to be more “aggressive” but it’s simple facts and stories.
There were hopes that the isolated nation would become more liberal at first when Kim Jong-un took over but all that have vanished since; this guy is probably worse than his predecessor when it comes to dictatorship and cruelty.
Ambition is a short film to promote the Rosetta mission by the European Space Agency (ESA). Directed by Tomek Bagiński, filmed in Iceland, and stars Aidan Gillen and Aisling Franciosi.
Rosetta is a space probe launched in March 2004 for a detailed study of Comet 67P. It reached its destination last August. According to ESA, it will be the first mission in history to rendezvous with a comet, escort it as it orbits the Sun, and deploy a lander to its surface.
You can learn more about Rosetta on its official website here or read a bit on wiki instead. Set aside the mission, it’s a pretty nice video on its own – it encourages people to learn, explore, and be brave.
Update – The spacecraft ended its mission by hard-landing on the comet in September 2016. Not sure if it has collected any useful data about the comet, but it has achieved many “first” in space exploration besides the few mentioned above. Seems like a successful mission overall.
Singapore tops the ease of doing business chart for the ninth consecutive year. The ranking is featured in the Doing Business report, published annually by the World Bank Group which measures regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it.
The top 10 economies with the most business-friendly regulatory environments are Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Denmark, South Korea, Norway, United States, United Kingdom, Finland and Australia.
My country Malaysia is ranked at 18th, not bad at all. Economic powerhouse China is ranked at 90th.
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